Pitchers & Catchers Report to Ft. Myers

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Good Start For the US; Bad Start For the DR

The U.S. got their revenge for the embarrassing loss they suffered to Canada three years ago in the WBC with a 6-5 win in Toronto yesterday. Kevin Youkilis, Adam Dunn and Brian McCann all went deep for the US, and it was a terrific game played before more than 42,000 fans.

Jake Peavy looked shaky over the first three innings as Canada took an early lead. But the homers put the U.S. in the lead, which expanded to 6-4 by the ninth. But Canada wouldn't go quietly, as they scored a run off J.J. Putz in the ninth before he got the last out with the tying run on second.

The U.S. plays Venezuela today at Toronto. They defeated Italy, 7-0, yesterday, and the winner of today's game qualifies for the second round. The Netherlands shocked the baseball world by defeating heavily favored Dominican Republic, 3-2, in San Juan yesterday. The Dutch scored three runs in the first inning, but since they had Sidney Ponson pitching for them, you figured they'd tee off on him with their All-Star lineup. But he pitched surprisingly well over four innings. Pedro Martinez pitched three solid innings in relief for the DR, allowing just one hit. (I believe it was his first relief appearance since Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS. Remember that night?) But it was the Netherlands who stole the show. (The announcers on ESPN were comparing it to the US win over the Russians in Olympic hockey in 1980. Big upset? Sure. But I don't know if I'd go that far. Most of the Dutch players are professionals.) Manager Felipe Alou of the DR said after the game, "We should have beat these guys 9-0."

Sounds like his boys were a little overconfident, no?

The DR gets a chance to right their ship today with their second game, against Panama. If they lose today, they go home.

5 comments:

Steel36 said...

I saw this on a "washington Post" Nationals blog:

"Oh, and Manny Acta was fairly devastated by the DR's loss to the Netherlands. He called it the greatest upset in sports since the 1980 Miracle On Ice game against Russia."

ouch

The Omnipotent Q said...

Nice bounceback by the DR today. If PR beats Netherlands tomorrow, it sets up a rematch between the Dutch and DR. And you know the Dominicans will be ready, because the winner goes to the second round.

BTW, did you get my email about the fantasy draft?

Steel36 said...

yes I did will e-mail you a response

Suldog said...

Felipe actually said that? Great sportsmanship - NOT. Hideous.

The Omnipotent Q said...

Not the classiest thing ever to come from Alou. But the DR may get a shot at revenge against the Netherlands if Puerto Rico beats the Dutch in their game today.